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  • OPINION

    The three gutsy peers

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 16/09/2018

    » The six-month Bangkok Shutdown campaign may have given off an aura of fun and games with a positive outcome for the green shirts and a negative one for the reds.

  • OPINION

    The good old days

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 09/09/2018

    » If you've ever said in support of the coup regime that, yes, it's great that junta and government are dedicated to returning Thailand to those good old days, then you'll be forever grateful to the national police chief and the whole bunch of the unreformed Royal Thai Police.

  • OPINION

    Facts, fake news and media control

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 02/09/2018

    » While the regular comedy clubs that ban political humour are running as usual, the best line of the week was actually the statement:

  • OPINION

    Inching towards legalisation

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 26/08/2018

    » Getting a sensible new law into the books is an extremely difficult task. But it's lightning compared with getting sensible changes to your great-grandfather's laws still on the books "because that's how we've always done it".

  • OPINION

    Promises, promises

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 19/08/2018

    » The general prime minister is off to the South this week. The trip to Chumphon has been planned for a while, so the irony is coincidental.

  • OPINION

    T-Minus 195

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 12/08/2018

    » The founder and chairman of Asia's only military kratocracy passed a milestone last Tuesday. Gen (Ret) Prayut has now been in office four years and 82 days, more than half the time of the general he had hoped was his mentor, the leader of the 1980s, Gen Prem Tinsulanonda.

  • OPINION

    The strong arm of the law

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 05/08/2018

    » The most heavily armed military member in Thailand in the most heavily armed unit of the Royal Thai Armed Forces is the head of the Judge Advocate-General (JAG) office of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

  • OPINION

    Punch lines

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 29/07/2018

    » If the general prime minister has his way -- and it looks like he probably will -- it won't be politics or police or the justice system that he'll finally reform.

  • OPINION

    Turning red into green

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 22/07/2018

    » Rarely in recent Thai political history has a government minister been so honest, so open and so utterly truthful as was PM's Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool last Sunday.

  • OPINION

    Safety last

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 15/07/2018

    » The government can't prevent boys from being naughty any more than it can prevent squalls in an open sea. However, the government could have prevented two of the most deadly events to have captivated local and global attention recently.

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